While winning some games might cost the Knicks some ping-pong balls come draft time, it proves their coach might just be able to become a winner in the long-term.
This is not Team Titanic or Tritanic. The ship isn’t sinking. It is being scuttled. The Knicks are tanking, and tanking the old-fashioned way: with gross incompetence.
As the annual tradition goes, Santa Schmeelk is coming to town and presenting the Knicks with some gifts to help them get through this usually joyous, but now painful time of year.
The real reason the trade has been such a disaster has nothing to do with either Chandler or Jose Calderon’s performances. It’s about cap space.
As the Knicks continue to sputter through the regular season — and likely to another lottery season — there has been hidden progress within the losses on the offensive side of the ball.
Coming off a bad loss to start the season, the Knicks were dealt another setback on Thursday.
I’m landing the Knicks at 43-39, getting the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It will be a good start to the Jackson and Fisher era.
Here are the 10 things that will determine the Knicks’ success this season, in order of importance.
The only starters that appear certain are Carmelo Anthony (likely at small forward) and Jose Calderon. The other positions all seem to be, potentially, up for grabs.
As far as Phil Jackson is concerned, Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks’ only star, but that doesn’t mean he and his teammates together won’t be able to run the triangle offense efficiently.
Phil Jackson made two big signings since becoming Knicks president, and Carmelo Anthony seems thrilled with both.
Can Anthony fit into the triangle? Will he get shots in rhythm in spots where he likes to score? Will the ball move? Will he be willing to move off the ball and cut for easy baskets?
Fisher thinks the ‘Bockers can do something special in his rookie season as head coach, but they’ll have to prove it on the court.
Jose Calderon believes he can make life better in New York for Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani. Nobody knows if he will get to play with both.
Jackson’s first move as Knicks GM is a good one because he got back more assets and value than he sent out the door. It’s also a great signal of how he intends to build this team into a title contender in the near future.